In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.
Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.
The House of Dior explores the story of the fashion house through a series of themes, featuring works by the seven designers who have played key roles in shaping Dior’s renowned fashionable silhouette: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with the House of Dior, insights into the Dior atelier workrooms, the role that accessories have played in expressing the complete Dior look and the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957.
Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Dior’s unique and longstanding affinity with Australia is also examined, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.
The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is accompanied by a scholarly publication, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.
Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Christian Dior Couture.
NGV Members: Buy tickets
- NGV Member Adult $22
- Adult $26
- Concession $23.50
- Senior Card Holder discount Wednesdays $23.50
- Child (5–15 years) $10
- NGV Member Family (2 adults + 3 children) $50
- Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65
- David Jones Amex Card Member ($23.50)
A total online transaction fee of $4.50 applies.
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Terms and conditions
27 Aug 17 – 7 Nov 17
OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY
NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS OPEN 6–10PM
- Voluntary Guide tours
Daily 10.30am & 2.30pm (from 28 Aug – 3 Nov)
Please register your interest at the Information Desk, Ground level, one hour prior to the tour as capacity is limited. Please note: Tour times are subject to change.
- Group tours
Mon–Fri only 11.30am & 3.30pm. Bookings essential
Tours in Italian: The House of Dior
20 Oct, 12pm
3 Nov, 12pm
Tours in Mandarin: The House of Dior
23 Sep, 3pm
1 Oct, 11am
8 Oct, 11am
15 Oct, 11am
22 Oct, 11am
Tours in Japanese: The House of Dior
24 Sep, 1pm
1 Oct, 1pm
15 Oct, 1pm
29 Oct, 1pm